• Board Statements

    Below are BCSD Board of Education statements on major issues and laws that could affect the school district.  You can use these statements to send a letter to state and federal lawmakers.  Find your representatives and easily send them an email using the advocacy tools listed here:

    ISSUE: In support of a Free Universal School Meal Program

    The Board of Education approved the attached letter at their regular meeting on Monday June 6, 2022.  This letter was shared with elected representatives and will be part of a proposed resolution at NYSSBA.

    Free School Meals 6_7_22

    ISSUE: New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA)

    The Board of Education approved the attached letter at their regular meeting on Monday, June 6, 2022. This letter was shared with the New York School Board Association and elected representatives.

    CLCPA Letter 6_7_22

    ISSUE: Matteawan Road Closure

    The Board approved a letter sent to the Superintendent of the Fishkill Correctional Facility, October 29, 2021.  This letter was copied to Governor Hochul, NY Senator Serino, NY  Assembly Member Jacobson, US Senator Schumer, US Senator Gillibrand, US Congressmen Maloney, Town of Fishkill Supervisor Albra and the Town of Fishkill Town Board.

    Letter to Superintendent Burnett 10_29_21



    Little Water Preparatory Charter School

    Letter to the SUNY Charter School Institute 5_11_21

    Above letter was also sent to the Highlands Current, the Beacon Free Press, and the Poughkeepsie Journal


    LEGISLATION: Assembly Bill A3648A - Culturally Responsive Education

    This bill would establish "a culturally responsive education curriculum and standards" for all grade levels and proposes $25 million to fund the mandate across the state. Full text and status of Assembly Bill A3648A

    Statement TBD

    Adopted March 8, 2021

    Senator Gillibrand

    Senator Schumer

    Congressman Maloney

    Adopted February 8, 2021

    Assembly Letter

    Senate Letter

    Adopted December 14, 2020

    Advocacy Letters 12-18-20


    ISSUE: State Aid

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has withheld 20% in state aid to school districts in New York State, and warned that the withholding could become a permanent cut without federal aid. Read about the latest updates from the State Aid Office at the New York State Education Department.

    Adopted October 26, 2020

    Letter to Interim Commissioner Rosa 

    Letter to Governor Cuomo

    Letter to Senator Serino

    Letter to Assembly Member Jacobson

    Letter to Senator Gillibrand

    Letter to Senator Schumer

    Letter to Congressman Maloney


    ISSUE: State Testing

    Due to Covid-19, all January 2021 High School Regents Exams have been cancelled.  No decisions have been made on the exams for June and August, or for any other State assessment programs.  State tests affect student graduations, teacher assessments, and school status. Read updates from the Office of State Assessment

    Adopted July 1, 2020

    Letter to Governor Cuomo 

    Letter to Senator Serino 

    Letter to Assembly Member Jacobson


    LEGISLATION: Tax Deferment

    Adopted June 1, 2020


    ISSUE: Reimagine New York

    Adopted May 11, 2020

    Letter to Representatives 

    • The Board of Education adopted this advocacy letter at the meeting of May 11, 2020, and directed that it be sent to the following individuals and organizations:
    • Governor Andrew Cuomo
    • Senator Sue Serino
    • Assembly Member Jonathan Jacobson
    • Dutchess County School Boards Association
    • Poughkeepsie Journal
    • Highland Current
    • Beacon Free Press
    • New York Times
    • Assembly Member Carl Heastie, Speaker of the House
    • Assembly Member Michael Benedetto, Chair of the Committee on Education
    • Senator Jan Metzger, 42nd Senate District
    • Senator Andrea Stewart-Dousins, Majority Leader
    • Senator Shelley Mayer, Chair of the Committee on Education